Two sisters from Texas and a pal are lacking in Mexico after they crossed the border final month to promote garments at a flea market, U.S. authorities mentioned Friday.
The abduction of 4 Individuals in Mexico that was caught on video final week acquired an avalanche of consideration and was resolved in a matter of days.
However the destiny of the three ladies, who haven’t been heard from in about two weeks, stays a thriller and has garnered comparatively little publicity.
The FBI mentioned Friday it’s conscious that two sisters from Peñitas, a small border metropolis in Texas close to McAllen, and their pal have gone lacking.
Peñitas Police Chief Roel Bermea mentioned their households have been in contact with Mexican authorities, who’re investigating their disappearance.
Past that, officers within the U.S. and Mexico haven’t mentioned a lot about their pursuit of Maritza Trinidad Perez Rios, 47; Marina Perez Rios, 48; and their pal, Dora Alicia Cervantes Saenz, 53.
The episode stands in stark distinction to the federal government and media frenzy over the kidnapping of 4 Individuals on a highway journey to Mexico for cosmetic surgery.
They have been caught in a drug cartel shootout within the border metropolis of Matamoros, and video confirmed them being hauled off in a pickup truck.
The 2 survivors have been discovered Tuesday in a picket shack close to the Gulf coast.
U.S. Customs and Border Safety says the three ladies crossed into Mexico on Feb. 24, a Friday, in response to Bermea.
Peñitas is only a few hundred toes from the Rio Grande River.
The husband of one of many ladies spoke to her by cellphone whereas she was touring in Mexico, the police chief mentioned, however grew involved when he couldn’t attain her afterward.
“Since he couldn’t make contact over that weekend, he got here in that Monday and reported it to us,” Bermea mentioned. The three ladies haven’t been heard from since.
Bermea mentioned the ladies have been touring in a inexperienced mid-Nineties Chevy Silverado to a flea market within the metropolis of Montemorelos, in Nuevo Leon state.
It’s a couple of three-hour drive from the border. Officers on the state prosecutor’s workplace mentioned they’ve been investigating the ladies’s disappearance since Monday.
This week’s huge seek for the 4 kidnapped Individuals concerned squads of Mexican troopers and Nationwide Guard troops.
However for a lot of the 112,000 Mexicans lacking nationwide, the solely ones in search of them are their determined family.
Authorities additionally lack manpower, gear and coaching — issues are so unhealthy that authorities aren’t even capable of establish tens of hundreds of our bodies which were discovered.